This year has definitely been the year of the comic book hero, with outings for both Batman and the Avengers throughout the summer.
And amongst the super-strong, the incredibly strong and the near Gods that have graced the screen are two heroes that have bought their way to the big leagues; Iron Man and Batman.
But could anyone actually afford to become a superhero in this day and age?
Man of Metal
Firstly, straight from the biggest movie of the year, Avengers Assemble – grossing $1,511,757,910 worldwide – comes the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark aka Iron Man.
But how much would it cost to become this steel avenger?
Take a look at the infographic below and find out.
The Dark Knight
The other smash-hit superhero film this summer was the third part of the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy’, The Dark Knight Rises – which managed to gross $1,077,564,067 despite not being in 3D – which features another billionaire playboy that spends his spare time fighting crime, Bruce Wayne aka the Batman.
Could You Afford to Be A Hero?
After having a look at both of these heroes, it would appear that your average Joe probably won’t be donning a suit of armour or a cape any time soon. But what we have learnt is that, even though Iron Man is probably out of our limits at a grand-total of $1,612,717,000 it would only take a few dozen lottery wins for someone to become The Dark Knight at only $682,450,750.
If you really want to become a hero, it’s about time you started saving those pennies.
“The Name’s Realistic, Slightly More Realistic”
Okay, I’ll be the first to admit it, these figures are a little crazy and pretty unrealistic when it comes to taking them on as a goal. So let’s take a look at something slightly more down-to-earth.
When you think of secret agents, one name comes to mind. The most well known spy of all time, James Bond (who also has a film out this year).
And luckily for Bond, he gets paid for his adventures – something that Stark and Wayne would probably kill for – and can put everything down on expenses.
Here’s a graphic to show you some facts about the price of 007.
How Much Would Bond Cost the tax-payer?
Bond, being employed by the government, can claim a lot of his benefits on expenses. A price that is paid by the taxpayer! So how much would a man like this cost us?
This is a total of £3,565,290 to be paid by the taxpayers. Worth it? Compared to the cost of footballers each year, we think this is a bargain!